The Biwa-Houshi heads back to Mio's camp with Hyakkimaru. His leg is badly damaged, but his voice has returned. Meanwhile, Dororo questions the other children about the type of work Mio does, but they are unaware. Hyakkimaru slowly adjusts to using his hearing and his voice with the help of Mio, and they become drawn to each other. Although only partially recovered, Hyakkimaru returns to kill the Arijigoku demon, this time with swords the children recovered from the battlefield. He succeeds in killing the demon, and his leg heals. However, when he and Dororo return to the temple, they find Mio mortally wounded and Daigo troops murdering the orphans because they believe Mio is a Sakai spy. Horrified by the attack on Mio, Hyakkimaru goes berserk, slaughtering the Daigo troops until Dororo intervenes believing Hyakkimaru may also turn into a demon himself. Later, Dororo finds some precious seed rice in Mio's hand, taken from the Samurai she despised to start her farm. After burying the dead, Hyakkimaru and Dororo continue their travels.